In our new home, however, the master bathroom came with a huge soaking tub and I know every person on the very, very limited list of people who have ever used it before. In short, it was go-time for baths. On Sunday nights, I find myself exhausted from the weekend and overwhelmed at the thought of Monday morning (my friend Holly calls these the "Sunday Scaries") and I've found that a bath-salt soak spent reading that week's New Yorker is enough to relax me enough to sleep afterwards. I've been experimenting with various scents & salts and here's my favorite DIY lavender bath salt recipe.
1 teaspoon lavender essential oil
2 cups epsom salts
1 tablespoon lavender buds
(you can also add some baking soda to the mix or use sea salts instead of [or in addition to] the epsom salts)
Mix the salts with the lavender buds & oil, spreading the lavender evenly throughout the salts. Since you don't want your salts clumping once you've packaged them, spread the salt mixture out onto a flat surface (I used a baking pan) and allow to dry for a few hours, mixing periodically...
Once the oil has been absorbed by the salts, give it one more mix and put your salts into a container of your choice. I have a bunch of glass tubs from Ikea that I use, but you could also use glass jars or plastic containers. Come to think of it, plastic makes more sense around a bathtub, safety-wise, so try to go that route.
This is great timing for this recipe because it makes a perfect DIY Mother's Day present. Wrap them up with a pretty ribbon and they make a great, homemade gift...
Stay relaxed and stay homey!